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Professional Standards Legislation

In basic terms, a professional standards legislation that applies to an occupational association is a binding statement that members will be held to defined professional standards to deliver enhanced protection for consumers.


Author(s): Andrew Lumsden

Professional standards legislation has been progressively implemented across Australia since 1994. The legislation enables the creation of schemes to limit the civil liability of professionals and members of occupational associations and groups. This article provides background to the current professional standards regulatory regime and considers some key questions, including:

  • What is the history of the professional standards legislation?
  • Who is covered by the professional standards legislation?
  • What is a professional standards scheme?
  • How is a professional standards scheme created?
  • How does the professional standards legislation limit professional liability?
  • What are the Professional Standards Councils and what are their statutory functions?


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